Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

President's Message

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

President's Message

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une lettre de la presidente

Greetings from historic Woodstock Ontario! I am fortunate to live and work in historic buildings within a few blocks of each other. The 170 year old house has many positives to outweigh the challenges such as 12 foot ceilings and original plaster work but in the historic school, sometimes the challenges outweigh the positives. Yes, I love having an auditorium but I don't love my tiny music room.

Having a small space has forced me to clean and organize the room as well as my storage space. Rearranging the layout of the room improved traffic flow and shuffling the instrument organization on the shelves has greatly saved space and makes taking a visual inventory much easier. Now all of the brass instruments are together, the clarinets are in a row and all of the shelves have labels. Students do not need reminders to put instruments back in the right place and it's very easy for them to help keep the room tidy.

Since my school is quite old, (it was built in 1939), many of my instruments and the materials date from that time and a great deal from the 50s and 60s. Yes, there are some great pieces from that time but method books have changed a lot over the decades! We cleared even more space by recycling some of these old books, the art teacher gladly took some for collages but most of the dusty old resources left the building. Our final task that we just completed was to clean and organize the filing cabinets full of music. Tossing photocopies and tidying the file folders has allowed me to find some true gems and some other "gems". …

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